green tea

  1. This summer drink melts off excess weight

    Happy Independence Day! I hope you take this opportunity to celebrate your own independence… as well as the liberties we enjoy in this great country of ours.

    Now that it’s July, it’s probably warming up wherever you are. (I know it sure is here in the Northeast.)

    In these hot summer months, it can sure feel like you're working up a sweat every time you step out of the air conditioning.

    And as you lose hydration, you also lose crucial electrolytes that you’ll need to put back into your body.

    But if you’re keeping an eye on your waistline, what you DON’T want is to start guzzling sugar-sweetened sports drinks.

    Fortunately, according to the latest research, there's something you can drink to not only quench your thirst... but help melt off excess pounds.

    I'm talking about an icy glass of green tea! (Just make sure it’s unsweetened.)

    Researchers analyzed dozens of studies that explored the link between this popular Asian sip and weight loss. And study after study reached the same conclusion: Drinking green tea leads to significant weight loss in humans when compared to a placebo.

    What's more, green tea doesn't just lower your number on the scale -- it can actually chisel away fat in the most important place of all.

    Your MIDDLE.

    The theory is that compounds in green tea called "catechins" can slough off the weight by causing you to absorb less fat through your intestines and reducing processes in your pancreas that have been tied to weight gain.

    And we know from previous studies that green tea can also nurture the good bacteria in your gut , tipping the balance toward certain strains that have been linked to staying slim.

    So, if you want to cool off AND slim down this summer, brew up some green iced tea.

    It's delicious with a squeeze of lemon or a few leaves of fresh mint.

    You can also find green tea extract supplements in capsule form -- as well as organic green tea powder (sometimes called “matcha”) -- at your local health food store.

    Just stay away from sweet treats like green tea ice cream.

  2. Green tea can save bone marrow patients’ lives

    Yet another reason to go green... with your tea!

    There are two bone marrow disorders that often come with fatal complications. It's an awful reality.

    One, multiple myeloma, is a cancer in which normal plasma cells become malignant in the bone marrow.

    In the other -- a rare condition called amyloidosis -- protein builds up in the organs.

    In both cases, patients can be overrun with a fatal complication. But according to new research, there's something that's powerful, life-saving, and widely available at a reasonable price.

    It's my favorite: green tea!

    It all has to do with a beneficial compound in it, a polyphenol called epigallocatechine-3-gallate (or, EGCG for short).

    According to a new study out of Washington University in St. Louis, EGCG has the ability to STOP the processes that take place in creating the life-threatening situation.

    If you've been reading my eTips for a while now, you've heard about how green tea's compounds can boost your metabolism, protect your cells from damage, prevent cancer, and reduce anxiety.

    It can even reduce joint swelling, calming the inflammation that causes painful flare-ups from rheumatoid arthritis. And it can do it in just over a week!

    Well, in this new study, scientists looked at nine bone marrow patients and isolated their light chains and found that the EGCG stopped the protein buildup from occurring and growing to dangerous levels.

    That's pretty powerful stuff.

    And what's more, it appears that the same mechanism is at work with EGCG and the protein buildup (or "amyloid plaques") that's thought to contribute to Alzheimer's disease. In fact, animal studies have demonstrated protection in AD as well as Parkinson's disease and ALS.

    It's also been shown to improve cognitive function after neurological traumas!

    You can find EGCG supplements pretty easily online for less than a dollar a day.

    But even if your bone marrow is perfect... and you haven't got any neurological disorders... green tea is chock full of antioxidants and therefore one of the healthiest things you can drink.

    Drinking a cup or two of green tea can give you about 300mg of EGCG -- but to get the most benefit out of it, go for good quality, loose-leaf tea imported from China or Japan, not cheap teabags.

    And you won't have to worry about getting the jitters, because green tea delivers about a third the caffeine content of coffee.

    If you're particularly sensitive, you can also find decaffeinated versions at your local health food store.

  3. Green tea now proven to lessen RA pains

    Study shows that compound in green tea can treat joint pain, repair tissue damage.
  4. Cocoa protects against dementia

    Nutrients found in cocoa can protect brain cells from the damage linked to dementia, according to new research.
  5. Coffee can beat cancer

    Coffee's protective powers against cancer are proven again in a study that finds it can slash the risk of colorectal tumors.
  6. Common drugs increase risk of stroke and death

    Reasons #47 and #48 to avoid antidepressants: They increase your risk of stroke and death.
  7. Green tea blunts growth of prostate cancers

    There's news that suggests one more green tea plus: it could even slow the growth of prostate cancer.
  8. Green tea battles Alzheimer's

    Another study on green tea has found that it could be a weapon in the battle against Alzheimer's disease.
  9. All-natural wonder drug decreases Parkinson's risk

    According to a study published in The American Journal of Epidemiology, drinking ¾ of a cup of black tea 23 times a month may decrease the risk of developing Parkinson's disease by 71 percent.
  10. Cleaner fuel…deadlier burgers?

    Researchers at Kansas State University have discovered that cattle fed on distiller's grain - a byproduct of the ethanol distillation process - have a greater prevalence of E. coli 0157 in their system.

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